Bringing back a series I did a few years ago, I like at directors and list their five best films. Today, we will look at Akira Kurosawa's five best films.
5. High and Low (1963) - An executive gets stuck in the middle of a kidnapping when his chaffeur’s son is taken.
4. The Hidden Fortress (1958) - Two peasants unwittingly take a princess and general across enemy lines in this Kurosawa classic.
3. Ikiru (1952) - An unhappy man find out he is dying of cancer and sets out to find happiness before he dies. He finds that what he sought was in front of him the whole time.
2. Seven Samurai (1954) - Probably the inspiration for more action movies than you can think of Kurosawa’s masterpiece follows seven samurai who protect a village from bandits. In addition to protection, the samurai teach the townspeople how to defend themselves. Basically the Japanese version of a western, the samurai film had several great entries, but no more stellar than this. It was remade in the United States as a western called The Magnificent Seven.
1. Rashomon (1951) - A woman is raped and her husband murdered, but who did it? The answer is a lot more complicated than most who done its. Kurosawa broke the mold with the same event told from several different points of view, and the viewer is left to decide what actually happened. The three different stories come from a suspect, a psychic who is channeling the murder victim and an eye witness. Problem is, all of the stories are different. Revolutionary way to tell a story and a film that still holds up today.